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The ongoing crisis in the Ukraine with the armed intervention of Russia instigated by Russian President Vladimir Putin is covered in this unique ebook with extensive information about the Ukraine and Crimea, history, military and political background, and much more. Contents include:
2014 Crisis in the Ukraine * State Department * Department of Defense * White House * Embassy of the United States - Kyiv, Ukraine * Congressional Research Service Report February 2014 * Congressional Research Service Report May 2013 * Congressional Research Service Report January 2013 * Congressional Research Service Report May 2012 * Congressional Research Service on Russia's Gas Cutoff 2006 * Congressional Research Service Report on the Orange Revolution 2005 * Ukraine after the Orange Revolution: Can It Complete Military Transformation * Ukraine's Military Between East and West * Public Perception of the Sea Breeze Exercises and Ukraine's Prospects in the Black Sea Region * The Crimean Tatars and Their Influence on the 'Triangle Of Conflict' - Russia-Crimea - Ukraine * Ukraine Background Material * State Department * Central Intelligence Agency * Excerpts Related to Russia and the Ukraine: * 2014 Worldwide Threat Assessment of the US Intelligence Community * 2013 Worldwide Threat Assessment of the US Intelligence Community * 2012 Worldwide Threat Assessment of the US Intelligence Community
Many observers have expressed concern about Ukraine's democratic development, including the government's use of the courts to neutralize opposition leaders, most notably former Prime Minister Yuliya Tymoshenko, who was sentenced to a seven-year prison term in 2011. The government's effort in November 2013 to violently disperse pro-European Union protests backfired, resulted in mass demonstrations in Kyiv and elsewhere in Ukraine. For over two months, the government has alternated between attempted crackdowns against the protestors and conciliatory gestures. The most serious violence has occurred during and after a massive government crackdown on February 18, resulting in scores of deaths, mainly among protestors but also including some police officers. Ukraine has long-standing problems in attracting foreign investment, in part due to rampant corruption and other shortcomings in the rule of law. Living standards for many Ukrainians remain low. The government's dwindling foreign exchange reserves have raised the prospect of a default on sovereign debt in 2014, unless the government can secure new loans. Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych made a last-minute decision in November 2013 to not sign a wide-ranging Association Agreement with the EU, due to heavy Russian pressure. The move was the initial spark for the anti-government protests that have imperiled the government's hold on power. In December, Russia rewarded Ukrainian leaders for their about-face on the Association Agreement by offering Ukraine a $15 billion loan. However, after an initial disbursal of $3 billion in December, subsequent payouts have been put on hold by Moscow due to uncertainty about Ukraine's future political direction. On February 20, the EU agreed to impose sanctions on unnamed Ukrainian leaders responsible for repression.